However you are dressing these days, there’s no excuse for letting things all hang out. In times gone by, men were noticed if they groomed, but these days it’s the other way round. And that’s certainly not a good thing. To help get you started, we put together this list of essentials that every man should have in their locker. Use them well, groom better, and embrace the male cosmetics industry.
A quick scrub in the morning with an old bar of soap doesn’t cut it these days. And you could also be damaging your skin. Soap can alter the skin’s natural pH balance and leave it dry, flaky and irritated. Use a facial cleanser instead to help balance the oils in the skin, and your problems should clear up in no time.
Put a little more effort into your teeth cleaning routine, and you will reap the benefits – and avoid expensive dentist fees. Flossing helps remove the build-up of plaque in between the teeth that brushes just can’t reach. If you don’t address it, the plaque will build up and cause problems with your gums.
Beards are most definitely in fashion, but the straggly, unkempt look still needs attention. Get a beard trimmer and a good selection of safety razors to keep things on point. Watch out for those scurrilous neck hairs, too.
So it’s summer, and you decide to break out the shorts and sandals combo. But you haven’t cut your toenails since Valentine’s Day. Nobody wants to see those talons, so please: get yourself into the habit of trimming them once a week. Don’t forget to do your cuticles, either.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Your entire look could be ruined by lank, greasy hair. Make sure you are keeping them in good nick by splashing out on a good shampoo and conditioner. Choose one that suits your hair type, and then read our article on how to keep your locks looking sharp.
The older you get, the thicker, wilder and longer your nose hair will become. Sorry guys, it’s just a fact of life. Keep things cleaned up by investing in a good pair of nasal hair clippers. They will also help you put aside any worries of ‘bat in the cave’ incidents.
If you suffer from dry or flaky skin, then moisturiser will be your best friend. Even if you don’t, it will keep your skin looking fresh and youthful. Choose some with sun protection to keep you safe from ultraviolet rays. This is a great selection of moisturisers to start you off.
Deodorant Or Antiperspirant?
There’s a common misconception that these two staples of male grooming are the same. But they aren’t. Antiperspirant helps stop you sweating. It can be a bit rough on the skin and dry you out, so unless you suffer from underarm damp patches it isn’t necessary. Deodorant is essential to stop any sweat from smelling bad. Therefore, it should also be essential to your lifestyle.
There you have it. If you haven’t got these products in your bathroom cabinet, you need to get them. Men of the world, it’s time to whip yourself into shape.